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Q+A Patrick Rafter

July 26, 2004
July 26, 2004

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Q+A Patrick Rafter

The two-time U.S. Open champ (he retired in 2002) is playing
World Team Tennis this month for the Philadelphia Freedom.

This is an article from the July 26, 2004 issue Original Layout

SI: How does it feel to be Australia's most famous stay-at-home
dad?

Rafter: Is that what I'm known as in the States? (Laughs.) Well,
it was time to have a family. The thing I missed playing tennis
was not having a normal life.

SI: At 31, you're younger than Andre Agassi. Do you ever get an
itch to return to the tour?

Rafter: The thought comes in my mind every three or six months,
but I squash it because I know how much work is required to get
there and the pressure that you're under all the time.

SI: What happens if you start rolling over people in World Team
Tennis? Won't there be a part of you that will be thinking
comeback?

Rafter: Absolutely nil on that, mate. But I am hoping to do
exactly what you just said.

SI: Your son, Josh, is two. What if he faces two-year-old Jaden
Agassi in the 2025 Wimbledon final?

Rafter: Jaden wins. He's got too many genes over there. I'm
fighting a losing battle.

SI: You're about to become a TV host. Tell us about it.

Rafter: I am doing Down to Earth with Pat Rafter, where I
interview people during a three-day adventure in Australia. We'll
do horseback riding, round up cattle or dive with great white
sharks. My first guest is Rachel Hunter, then Darryl Hannah.

SI: So you'll only have leggy blondes on the show?

Rafter: That's the way it's starting out, but I probably have to
get some fat little ugly bloke after that.

SI: Be honest. Have you ever owned one of those PAT RAFTER IS MY
SEX GOD T-shirts?

Rafter: I have a cupboardful. If you want one signed, I'll send
it to you (laughs). No, mate, I haven't.

SI: Tell us your perfect day 10 years from now.

Rafter: Waking up in a warm bed beside my wife. Taking my two or
three children out for a surf in the morning. We have a nice hot
breakfast on the beach and then go to the children's sports
carnival to watch them play. I get nine holes of golf in and come
back for a beer and a barbie and go to bed. Now I haven't thought
about that at all, have I?

--Richard Deitsch

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COLOR PHOTO: HARRISON DAVID/CORBIS SYGMA (RAFTER)